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As a kid I lived in West Crescent so the old battery was behind our garden. It was a place of play for us in the '50s.
Unfortunately my best memory was getting up on the top and having to send for my big brother to come and get me down. :-)

By Ralph
On 14/06/2008

Anyone know why this is called Little Gypps ?

By pete gypps
On 27/07/2009

I am most grateful to you for having the presence of mind in saving pictures of TN7, site before the development went ahead, searching my fathers army records, shows him as being a gunner there with the 59th Essex Regiment 167 Battery, in 1940 this being his first posting when joining up, thank you for giving me an insight of just a small part of a very large jigsaw, best wishes Colin Harvey

By Colin Harvey, (Wales)
On 26/10/2009

Could anyone tell me the official name of Little Gypps army camp as it was in 1945

By david newman portch
On 23/03/2011

My Father Joe Young was stationed for a while on Canvey, on an Anti aicraft battery. During the 90's we tried to locate the area with no luck...(not computer wise at the time ) we found a small gunnery layout inside the holiday camp near the front though! One of his stories about Canvey was looking into the face of a German fighter pilot hedge hopping home, they were both as surprised as each other he said.

By Philip young
On 14/04/2011

This site was known as Furtherwick TN7 (Northwick was TN8), part of the Thames North grouping.

By Alan Bates
On 02/02/2017

During WW11, I lived at 118 The Parkway with my mother and sister, my dad was in N Africa.  When the air raid sirens would sound during the nights, my mother would get us up. we couldn't use the Anderson Air Raid shelter as it was usually flooded, so we would stand, shivering with fright and cold, near the front door.The house would be dark (blackout ) and cold as the coal fireplace would have already died!! Then, as the heavily laden Heinkel bombers would start to drone overhead  on their way to London etc. the Anti Aircraft guns would start up, the sound was horrific!! Our mother would try to cuddle us with her arms over our ears. Then, the dreaded shrapnel would start falling from the AA shells bursting overhead!! We would hear it chinking on the road and sometimes on the roof. Those were scary times for all on Canvey, but looking back, I have often thought how fortunate we were to have the brave men at the various AA implacements, like Little Gypps, and I have really enjoyed the comments about the disappearing sites.


By Gerald Hudson
On 02/02/2017

Ref:Ralph West Crescent Comment.

Hi Ralph, I lived in East Crescent and played at the Gunsite in the 50's too. I remember when a part used to flood and freeze in the winter for skating. The good old days!!

By keith little
On 26/04/2017

I remember playing on the Gunsite with friends including John Sach? who lived in West Crescent and was a friend from my age 5 to 9 at which time my family left Canvey in case it was flooded again. I remember the buildings, dome with massive concrete slabs as a roof and some made mainly of breeze block. I used to walk through them every day and across the open fields to Northwick School. No houses then between the Gunsite and the Catholic Church. Canvey was a great place to grow up then but things change.

By keith little
On 27/04/2017